Drummond comes home to play at TC
by LaVonte Young
There is nothing like coming home, just ask Ryne Drummond.

The former Sylacauga standout will finish out his collegiate baseball career at Talladega College.

“It’s going to feel good to be a Tornado,” Drummond said. “Coming closer to home is going to be nice for a change. I have been far away for my college career, so it will be nice to be close to home.”

The opportunity to come home became an option when Drummond’s former school, Brewton Parker, informed players they were cutting funding in the athletic program.

“Things at Brewton Parker didn’t work out,” Drummond said. “The school had cut the scholarship funding from athletics, and I wasn’t able to get the money that was offered to me to come. There were a few schools I would have liked to go to- Talladega being one. Not knowing if I was going to be able to get into other schools made my decision a lot easier. I am also going to get to play with a lot of guys that I have played with throughout high school summer leagues and JUCO.”

Drummond said TC could expect him to get the job done in the classroom as well as the baseball diamond.

“I am going to work hard day in and day out inside and outside the classroom,” he said. “I am a little over a year away from being done with school, so I want to make sure I do my best to finish.”

TC head coach Will Ramos is elated to finally be getting Drummond on his team.

“Ryne is going to be a big asset for us,” Ramos said. ”He is a guy that has a 90 mile-per-hour fastball with a good combination of the curve ball and change up. He is a local guy that really recruited last year, but we got his brother. He is a great asset to the team.”

Last season, the Tornadoes had the best pitching staff in the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference.

This season, TC returns two of its top three starters. Ramos believes the addition of Drummond will make his staff considerably better.

“It puts our pitching staff at another level,” Ramos said. “ The pitching staff will go to another level. He will be the guy that will be a starter for us. He will probably be No.3 in our rotation. I don’t like to say this too much, but I think he is a guy that has a very good chance of being drafted next year.”

Drummond went 7-5 with 83 strikeouts in 95 innings of action as a sophomore at Jeff Davis Community College. Last season in his only season at Brewton Parker, he went 7-5 with 69 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.29 in 79 innings at the mound.

“Every outing I have I try to make my best outing,” Drummond said. “I am going to work hard so that I give the team the best chance to win the game.”

He said pitching at Jeff Davis and Brewton Parker has helped him become a better pitcher.

“Pitching at both Jefferson Davis and Brewton Parker made me better,” Drummond said. “I had really good coaches at both places that help me both mentally and physically about the game, so I will use that along with what coach Ramos will teach me to make me better.”

Transferring to TC also gives Drummond a chance to play with brother Austin Drummond.

“I am looking forward to playing with him again,” he said. “It has been three years since high school when we last played together. It is going to be good to have him on the field behind me making plays and when he messes up I can get on him unlike I can with other guys. “
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